We give professions a favorite food based on the way we perceive them. When you think of a cop with a donut, you think of a beer-bellied traffic cop sitting in his cruiser harassing people for basic traffic infractions. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but it’s also the fruit of knowledge–that’s why we give it to teachers. Whereas the donut is a sign of society’s lack of respect for one institution, the apple is its sign of respect for another. If that’s the way it works, then what food would society give lawyers? (more…)
If Phoenix, Arizona has a single food that people know it for, it’s probably the chimichanga. Tourists have been known to travel great distances in order to try new dishes they can’t find at home, and the same is true in Arizona. Even so, Arizona still doesn’t have an official state food. Ken Cheuvront served as an Arizona legislator from 1995 to 2011, first in the Arizona House of Representatives and then in the Arizona Senate, but he can’t remember anyone putting forth an official Arizona state food initiative in all those years. (more…)
You have fun on your mind whenever you decide to spend the day at a big amusement park like New Jersey‘s Six Flags: Great Adventure, and you don’t want anything to get in the way of that. While food might not be the first thing you think about, take a moment or two to look at the restaurants available once you get there. Eating the wrong thing just before you’re screaming down at the ground from atop the Kingda Ka can ruin what would otherwise be a great day! (more…)
According to Merriam Webster, one of the definitions of a hero is “a person admired for achievements and noble qualities”. As Americans, we are sometimes a rather fickle lot when it comes to how we choose our heroes. In our personal lives, we do alright, looking up to and admiring a parent, older sibling or favorite teacher. Our public heroes can often be a different story. We tend to waffle back and forth between sports figures and movie stars. Currently, some of the most popular celebrities combine performance and competition to reach near hero status. These are today’s celebrity chefs.
We can find these culinary artists in many cities across the country, but some of the finest are the famous celebrity chefs in Atlanta, Georgia. We love watching them compete on TV and spend lots of money buying their latest cookbooks, but what we really get into is competing with each other for reservations where they create their own special menus. Chef-driven restaurants have been in existence for many years, but with the dominance of cooking shows on cable television like “Top Chef”, “Iron Chef” and the fan-favorite, “Chopped”, they are more popular than ever. (more…)
When most of America wants to do something nice for the gang at the office, they stop on the way to work for a dozen doughnuts. Texans may also appreciate and consume their fair share of Krispy Kremes, but, if you want to start their work day off right, you bring kolaches!
“Come home to the Lowcountry!” If that strikes a longing for saltwater marshes, hundred-year-old live oaks draped with Spanish moss and a pungent odor that you identify as coming from plough mud, then you have spent enough time in the area along the South Carolina coast to know that it is like no other. Depending upon the source, you will find different criteria for defining the Lowcountry, but it is a combination of geography, culture, history, natural beauty and people that make this relatively small area one of the most popular and most-visited places in the world. (more…)
Pizza is the perfect food if it’s from New York City! Not only is pizza delicious, it may well be the most versatile food on the planet. It can be the main course for any meal, and, if you think listing it as a breakfast choice is pushing it, then you have never lived in a college dorm or woke up thinking about the leftover pizza from the previous night. It can definitely be served for breakfast, hot or cold. Pizza never gets boring. It comes with such a variety of crusts, sauces and toppings that you could have pizza every meal of the day for weeks and never repeat the same one. If that isn’t enough to vote it the most perfect food, if you make the right choices, a slice of pizza can contain all of the food groups recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy. (more…)
When we think about the health benefits of cactus, there is a good chance that our imagination whisks us off to a scene involving some unfortunate soul being stranded in the desert with little to no water. Anyone old enough to have received survival training via cowboy movies knows that a cactus will materialize at the last moment to save the day. All we have to do is cut off the top and drink our fill. Fortunately, today’s extensive lineup of reality-based survival shows has taught us just how bad an idea that is. Instead of finding water, that cactus is filled with an alkaline substance that will only make matters worse. (more…)
We don’t just love food: we are obsessed with it. Multi-million dollar industries are based solely on our preoccupation with food, whether with regard to ways of preparing it or programs for attempting to temper our choices to make them more health-oriented. There are books, magazines, online productions, entire broadcast networks and dozens of other types of media dealing with some aspect of food. The interesting thing is that, while our ancestors spent most of their day and energy foraging, hunting, preparing and storing enough food for survival, many people now spend more time watching someone cook on TV than any other food-related activity. (more…)
Cilantro, the leafy part of the coriander plant, is one of the superfoods that modern nutritionists are just beginning to truly appreciate. The Greek physician, Hippocrates, known as the “Father of Medicine”, recognized its medicinal benefits nearly 2,000 years ago, and the Greeks and the Romans were known to use it as a spice. Today, the herb is used in a wide variety of dishes and types of cooking, especially, Mexican, Asian and Caribbean, for its flavor as well as its health benefits.
Despite the widespread and growing popularity of cilantro especially in San Diego, not everyone is a fan. Don’t you have that one friend or family member who invariably overreacts to just the mention of cilantro? It turns out that we may have been misjudging them. For roughly somewhere between 4 to 14 percent of the population, cilantro actually tastes like soap. Citrus-spicy to most people but pure soap to them. Scientists have determined that these folks share of a group of genes, OR6A2 to be specific, that cause them to detect certain chemicals that are present in both cilantro and soap. Fortunately for the rest of us, we didn’t get that gene!